Croplands devastated by hailstorms in South Dakota •

Croplands devastated by hailstorms in South Dakota

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows the hail scars just north of Onida, South Dakota, after the region’s croplands were annihilated by hailstorms.

Back-to-back storms fired up on June 27 and left behind scars that extend for hundreds of miles across the border of South Dakota and Wyoming. The trail of devastation has a width of over 6 miles in some areas, which is even larger than that of a tornado.

According to NASA, hail reached up to four inches in diameter during the storms. The combination of large hail and strong winds clobbered soybean leaves and stripped corn stalks bare.

This image, which is shown in both natural and false color, was captured using data from the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/ Joshua Stevens

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